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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wrongs on court, virus; Biden errs

Sep. 26, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a momentous week, President Donald Trump painted a fantastical portrait of a coronavirus that affects “virtually nobody” among the young as he faced a grim U.S. milestone of 200,000 deaths and he asserted a constitutional basis that doesn't exist for rushing a replacement...

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, speaks with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana seeking federal loan as unemployment fund runs dry

Sep. 25, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will start borrowing money from the federal government in early October to keep paying benefits to jobless workers, as the state’s once-healthy unemployment trust fund is nearly empty because of the coronavirus outbreak, labor department officials said Friday. ...

Federal government approves $300 jobless benefit for NJ

Sep. 25, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The federal government has approved New Jersey's application for a $300 benefit for people who lost work because of COVID-19, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. Murphy said it will take the state Labor Department until next month to come up with internal programming to...

Initial unemployment claims slightly drop in North Carolina

Sep. 25, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's initial unemployment-insurance benefit claims showed a slight downward trend last week. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that the state had 12,591 claims for the week that ended Sept. 19. The number is slightly down from a revised 13,437 the previous...

Posters reading 'Too much is too much - Yes for the limitation initiative' displayed prior to a news conference of the Swiss People's Party, SVP in Bern, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The Swiss will vote this weekend on a renewed proposal to limit the number of European Union nationals allowed to live and work in their country, a measure championed by a populist party that wants preferential access for Swiss citizens to jobs, social protection and benefits. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)

Swiss-EU relations back on ballot over freedom of movement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss will vote this weekend on a renewed proposal to limit the number of European Union nationals allowed to live and work in their country, a measure championed by a populist party that wants preferential access for Swiss citizens to jobs, social protection and benefits. A...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

Burl Cain, the former warden at Angola prison in Louisiana, responds to a lawmaker's question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Corrections Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The committee unanimously endorsed Cain, who faced ethics questions in Louisiana, to be the new commissioner of Mississippi's troubled prison system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi using inmate labor to make repairs at prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Mississippi's troubled prison system told lawmakers Thursday that the Department of Corrections intends to move some inmates out of a private prison and into a state-owned facility by mid-December. Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the department is spending about...

Governor urges against rush to judgment over woman's arrest

Sep. 24, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — People seeing images of a woman arrested at a middle school football game after refusing requests to put on a mask should not rush to judgment, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday as he called the incident “very unfortunate, very unpleasant.” A stun gun was used on the...

Ricketts stands by decision to discontinue emergency SNAP

Sep. 24, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts doubled down Thursday on his decision to leave Nebraska as the only state that has discontinued emergency food assistance benefits that were made available under the federal coronavirus relief package, despite pleas from advocates for the poor. Ricketts argued that...

Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Sep. 24, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it...